Trust celebrates Christmas in Derbyshire

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National Trust places and properties across Derbyshire are being filled with the Christmas spirit over the coming weeks. Peek through our doors, both real and virtual, and discover festive treats for the whole family.

For the first time, the National Trust in the Midlands has created a free online advent calendar at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsfreshair. Hidden behind the doors are details of Christmas events across the region, festive recipes, special offers and competitions.

“We wanted to wish our visitors a very merry Christmas, and an online advent calendar with a selection of seasonal goodies seemed the perfect way of doing so,” said spokesperson for the Trust, Maria Narducci.

“As well as finding out where you can meet Father Christmas, pick up unusual gifts and sing your favourite Christmas carols, the advent calendar also contains vouchers for the many shops and tea rooms across the Midlands and the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes.”

There are more than 20 Christmas events and activities across the National Trust’s Derbyshire properties from food and craft fairs to family activities. Here’s a small selection:

On 10 and 11 December from 11.00am to 4.30pm The Courtyard and Tea Rooms at Ilam Park will be transformed into a magical Christmas Market with sustainably sourced Christmas Trees and local hand made crafts for sale, as well as musical entertainment, children’s games, craft activities and a complimentary warming cup of mulled wine.

On 3,4,10 and 11 December Kedleston Hall will host an Edwardian Christmas with the Hall decorated in Edwardian style, along with a variety of festive activities. You’ll also be able to meet Santa and his reindeer.

udbury Hall has its Christmas Market on 3 and 4 December from 11.00am with local stallholders selling seasonal gifts and food.

For a break from shopping join in Calke’s Christmas Tea Dance on 3 December 2011 from 2.00pm.

Christmas at Hardwick will have a 1940’s ‘make do and mend’ theme. Find out how families pulled together during the war years to celebrate the festive season when rationing was in full swing on 3, 4, 10 and 11 December from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

For further event details visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsfreshair